[Photographer, b. 1939, Memphis, Tennessee, lives in Memphis.]
I had this notion of what I called a democratic way of looking around, that nothing was more or less important.
We have a few things in common—smoking, drinking, and women. Photography just gets us out of the house. (To photographer Juergen Teller)
I am at war with the obvious.
I don’t have a burning desire to go out and document anything. It just happens when it happens. It’s not a conscious effort, nor is it a struggle. Wouldn’t do it if it was. The idea of the suffering artist has never appealed to me. Being here is suffering enough.
You can take a good picture of anything. A bad one, too.
Whatever it is about pictures, photographs, it’s just about impossible to follow up with words. They don’t have anything to do with each other.
I don’t have favorites. I look at pictures democratically. To me they are all equal.
The way I have always looked at it is the world is in color. And there’s nothing we can do about that.